Monday, September 19, 2011
I know I haven't been very active on here. I have been tracking my fitness, because I do have a goal-the Rock & Roll Half Marathon in Vegas this Decemeber. I've already registered & reserved the hotel & flight, so I will do it regardless-it's just a matter of how ready I am. I'm fortunate that I have a good friend who has been in my shoes before-overweight, out of shape, and wanting to change. She's helpful, motivational, & frustrating! She's doing what she can to get me out of my comfort zone & have me do things I wouldn't unless she pushed me to. Like this past weekend.
I've been jogging 3-4 days a week for about 2 months now, & cross-training at least one day a week as well. I've never ran more than 4 miles at a crack-until this past Saturday. Milwaukee has a great annual even called Al's Run, which is a fund raiser for the Children's Hospital of Milwaukee. You can choose to walk instead, as it is a family-friendly event, but we signed up for the 8K run. My goal was to finish, that's all. I thought, anything I go thru in trying to get my butt thru nearly 5 miles of jogging, is a piece of cake compared to what these kids & their families go thru on a daily basis. I'm proud to say I only walked once up a short hill, and finished with a time of 1:09:10, which is an average 13:55 a mile. I finished 2858 out of 2912, 1314 out of 1347 women-and 121 out of 123 for my age group. And you know what? My friends, along with strangers, greeted me with cheers at the finish line & it was awesome!
But we weren't done, oh no. The next day-very early in the morning (for me)-was a duathlon. I was assigned the running portions, which meant I would start the race for my team with a 2 mile run, hand off the timing chip to my partner who would bike for 21 miles, and then I would finish up with another 2 mile run. My legs felt tired the second I took off, and I watched as runner after runner passed me by, people who started several waves after me. I actually apologized to my friend who was waiting with her bike in the transition area-even though we weren't doing this for time, I still felt bad about my slow time. She of course told me to not worry as she took off on her bike. Then I watched as other runners came in & got on their bikes, people who weren't part of a relay team, but were competing as individuals. People 10, 20, possibly 30 years older than me. And the most inspiring? A woman who looked to be about 50 pounds heavier than me-she appeared to be in last place as she was the last bike to go from the transition area. But, with her coach?/trainer?/friend? by her side, she was doing it!!
So my teammate came back from her 21 miles on the bike, & I took off on the last leg, the same 2 mile route as before. I felt more comfortable this time, and once again heard the cheers of friends & strangers as I crossed the finish line. It wasn't until I was home later that day & looked online for our results that I knew how I/we did. Our total time was 2:23:43, & we finished 33 out of the 34 teams that registered. But you know what? My total run time was 52:37 which is an average 13:09 per mile! And I was faster the first 2, when I thought I was the weakest!
I never knew how cool it felt to have someone waiting & cheering for you at the finish line until now.
I can't wait until the time comes where I can be at the finish line waiting for a friend or two to cross, so I can give someone else that great feeling.